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Requirements for the Major

(As of Fall 2017 there will be changes to the Psychology Major which are noted below)

1. Foundation Courses for Declaration of Major

  • General Psychology
  • Quantitative Methods or equivalent (prerequisite for all lab courses)
  • One 4-credit content course and lab combination (see note)

Currently, to declare the major, students must receive a C or better in all of the foundation courses.

Majors declared Fall '17: The prerequisites for declaring the major in psychology are completion of General Psychology and Quantitative Methods or equivalent statistics course with a grade of C or better.

Students must receive a C or better in the 4-credit content course and lab combination to complete the major.

2. Four Sub-discipline Core Courses 

A separate course must be selected from each of the following four sub-discipline clusters.  These four courses must be taken within the 01:830 subject index of the SAS Department of Psychology:

Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience

830:310 Neuropsychology
830:311 Learning Processes (formerly Conditioning & Learning)
830:313 Physiological Psychology
830:361 Developmental Psychobiology

Clinical Psychology

830:310 Neuropsychology
830:340 Abnormal Psychology
830:346 Atypical Development in Childhood and Adolescence
830:394 Community Psychology and Community Health

Cognitive Psychology

830:301 Sensation & Perception
830:303 Memory & Attention
830:305 Cognition
830:351 Psychology of Language

Social Psychology

830:321 Social Psychology
830:338 Personality Psychology
830:373 Organization & Personnel Psychology
830:377 Health Psychology

3. Five Psychology Electives

Currently, 15 credits of psychology electives to be selected from the department's complete set of course offerings. These may include any additional courses from the sub-discipline core categories above (i.e., selections beyond those required to meet the sub-discipline distribution requirement) and 400 level courses.

No more than 3 credits of non-classroom courses such as fieldwork, research, or internships may be applied toward the major. The additional credits do, however apply toward the overall graduation credits and students are encouraged to take additional credits.

No more than two lower level psychology courses (7 credits) may be applied toward the major elective requirement.

A maximum of 12 credits of transfer psychology courses may be applied to the major. At least 3 credits of psychology electives must be completed with the Rutgers-New Brunswick SAS Department of Psychology. No more than two elective courses (6 credits) can be a transferred from psychology programs at two-year institutions (community colleges).

Majors declared Fall ’17: Two changes to the above conditions:

  1. 18 credits of psychology electives are required from the department’s course offerings.
  2. A maximum of 6 credits of non-classroom courses may be applied toward the major.

All other conditions carry over from the current to the Fall ’17 major.

4. Upper Level Elective

Majors must complete one 400-level elective within the 01:830 subject index of the SAS Department of Psychology. 400-level courses require students to have declared the psychology major, to be of junior or senior status, and to have taken at least one core course. Individual courses may have additional prerequisites and instructors may grant special permission to enroll.

5. College-level Math Course

Current majors must complete a college-level math course (640:103 or higher) in addition to the statistics requirement above. 

Majors declared Fall ’17: There is no college level math requirement. However, Quantitative Methods in Psychology (830:200) will have elementary algebra (640:025) or equivalent as a prerequisite.

6. GPA Requirement

A cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0 in all psychology (01:830) courses counting for the major.

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